With the Mediterranean Diet the emphasis is on the flavor of the vegetables, not on the salad dressing. In the case of the Stetson salad you have grains, a bit of cheese, some protein. Now to this salad you could add some avocado pieces, or some smoked salmon. The one below is a vegetarian option, although I do like mine with a bit of smoked salmon
|My favorite salad - recipe from Cowboy Ciao's in Scottsdale. Lined up left to right:|
Arugula, Israeli couscous, Roma tomatoes, Corn, Asiago cheese, Toasted Pepitas, Black Currants
Don't forget the grains. Having left over grains makes a great addition to the salad. Couscous is a great addition to a salad, as is quinoa. Kale is bitter so it is best accented with some grapes to provide sweetness, and when you add some quinoa for protein and cheese for a bit of that Mediterranean flare you have one balanced and delicious salad.
|This salad is a great combination of shredded kale, quinoa, sunflower seeds, grapes, preserved lemon, red peppers, fresh parmesan cheese and some manchego. This salad can be found from Ingo in Phoenix.|
A hearty soup for lunch is another great choice on the Mediterranean diet. The great thing about soups is you can make them at home and portion them out in the refrigerator or freezer to keep. Then bring them to work and zap them in the microwave.
|Easy to make, and a hearty soup - Lentil provides you with a great deal of protein.|
|This combines some of the best ingredients, layers of flavors, and yet can be made ahead of time, and easily eaten out.|
You can make this ahead of time, portion it out and freeze some, and have some for work. If you have it for dinner and someone really wants some meat in their chili, you can always fry some hamburger up in a skillet with onions and garlic and add it later- avoiding the problems of the proteins losing their moisture and getting more "dry" as they reheat.